That'll Be the Day is director Claude Whatham's tale of 1950s British drop-out Jim MacLaine (David Essex) who leaves his blue-collar upbringing in order to find something more exciting in life. MacLaine takes a series of no-prospect jobs until he finds what he's been looking for in a new, energetic style of music that's quickly gaining popularity: rock 'n' roll. After throwing away the chance at higher education, MacLaine's friend Mike (Ringo Starr) gives him a job at the carnival where he works. MacLaine soon transitions to become the resident fun fair heartbreaker before eventually returning home to his family and a quiet life with his girlfriend. However, rock 'n' roll still holds some allure for MacLaine's adventurous spirit. That'll Be the Day is allegedly based on the early years of John Lennon and features Beatle's drummer Ringo Starr along with small parts for famous rock 'n' rollers Billy Fury and the Who's Keith Moon.